is getting ready to debut some new models in Shanghai -- . What we didn't know was how exactly they were going to be powered. Thanks to an announcement from the California-based, Chinese-owned automaker on Thursday, now we know that too.
First of all, Karma is calling its vehicles "all-electric," but that's a bunch of malarkey. Its cars can more accurately be described as , which is another way of saying that they're a fancy plug-in hybrid where the wheels are always driven electrically, with no mechanical connection to the internal combustion engine.
That internal combustion engine is being sourced from BMW. It's a turbocharged three-cylinder unit that might be related to the unit found in the base Mini Cooper and the . Still, Karma says that BMW has been working with the brand since 2015 to develop the engine, so it could end up being something more bespoke.
"BMW is a natural fit for Karma's luxury-tech focus because it is a proven technology leader renowned for conceiving and delivering ground-breaking innovations," said Bob Kruse, chief technology officer for Karma, in a statement.
The 2020 Karma Revero in which this new BMW-assisted drivetrain will live was designed in-house by Karma and will make its official debut at the Shanghai motor show later this month.
Update, April 5, 9:47 a.m.: Corrected statement that the 2020 Revero was designed with help from Pininfarina, when it was actually done in-house by Karma.